Lost & Found

Arnell is the designated humane society and holding facility for stray animals in Polk County.Rottweiler puppy

If you live in Polk County, or your pet has been lost in Polk County, your pet may have been brought to our shelter.

Report a LOST PET

A list of stray pets brought to our shelter will be posted at our front entrance for after hours inquiries.

If your lost pet is not at our shelter, we may know where it has been found. Please contact the shelter at 715-268-7387 with information regarding your lost pet. (Suggested information is listed below.) Arnell maintains a lost and found file that lists lost and found animals, dates lost, and contact information.

To report a lost pet, call the shelter during business hours, 12 noon to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and 12 noon to 4 pm on Saturdays, or leave a detailed voice mail message with an accurate description of your pet. A detailed description should include the breed, size, sex, collar color, tag information, and in what area it was lost, as well as your name and contact information. A thorough description will help us coordinate your lost pet with those at the shelter or those found and held within the community.

If you are reporting a lost cat, a physical description is very important: short hair or long, male or female, fat or thin, coat color or unusual markings, spayed/neutered or not, declawed or not, collar color, the date lost, and area lost from.

If you are reporting a lost dog: the breed of dog (or the breed it looks most like), color, markings, coat length, collar, tags, male or female, unusual markings or physical attributes, temperament, fat or thin, spayed or neutered, date lost, and area lost from.

Report a FOUND PET

If you have found a stray from or in Polk County:

There is no designated animal control for most of Polk County. Arnell Humane Society does not have the authority to pick up stray animals in Polk County. Contact your town chair or village/city official to report a stray animal in your area. Each municipality operates according to its own ordinances and capabilities regarding stray animals. Your town/village/city official should offer to deliver the stray to the safety of our shelter.

Click on "ANIMAL CONTROL CONTACTS" for a list of animal control contacts.

If they are unwilling or unable:

Call the shelter with the found animal information and make arrangements to deliver the stray to the shelter during business hours.

If the shelter is NOT OPEN, contact the Amery Police Department at 120 Center Street, Amery, 715-268-7411. The Amery police have a key to the animal drop-off box at the shelter. The police will meet you at the shelter to assist with the delivery of the animal and the necessary paperwork.

If you are unable to reach the Amery police department, contact the Polk County sheriff at 715-485-8300. The sheriff will dispatch the Amery police.
RECLAIM A PET

If your pet has been brought to the safety of our shelter, a reclaim procedure dictated by state statute will be followed.leashinhand

To reclaim your stray dog, proof of current rabies vaccination and current license requirements must be met. If neither of these are available, arrangements can be made before reclaiming your dog to satisfy these legal requirements. These requirements are not required to reclaim a cat.

A reclaim fee of $25.00 for the first day your pet was held at Arnell and $10.00 for each day after that will be assessed on the day of reclaim. The reclaim fee is required for dogs and cats.

You may reclaim your pet during business hours, 12 noon to 5 pm, Monday – Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm on Saturdays. Arnell Humane Society is not open on holidays or Sundays. Reclaim fees will include the care given to your pet on the days Arnell is closed.

A list of stray pets brought to our shelter will be posted at our front entrance for after hours inquiries.

If your lost pet is not at our shelter, we may know where it has been found. Please contact the shelter with information regarding your lost pet. We maintain a lost and found file in our shelter. This file lists dates an animal was lost or found, breed, and contact information.